Morphology is the field within linguistics that studies the internal structure of words. (Words as units in the lexicon are the subject matter of lexicology). While words are generally accepted as being (with clitics) the smallest units of syntax, it is clear that in most (if not all) languages, words can be related to other words by rules. For example, English speakers recognize that the words dog, dogs, and dog-catcher are closely related. English speakers recognize these relations from their tacit knowledge of the rules of word-formation in English. They intuit that dog is to dogs as cat is to cats; similarly, dog is to dog-catcher as dish is to dishwasher. The rules understood by the speaker reflect specific patterns (or regularities) in the way words are formed from smaller units and how those smaller units interact in speech. In this way, morphology is the branch of linguistics that studies patterns of word-formation within and across languages, and attempts to formulate rules that model the knowledge of the speakers of those languages.


The term 'morphology' has been taken over from biology where it is used to denote the study of the forms of plants and animals. It was first used for linguistic purposes in 1859 by the German linguist August Schleicher (Salmon 2000), to refer to the study of the form of words. In present-day linguistics, the term 'morphology' refers to the study of the internal structure of words, and of the systematic form-meaning correspondences between words. “The notion 'systematic' in the definition of morphology

given above is important. For instance, we might observe a form difference and a corresponding meaning difference between the English noun ear and the verb hear. However, this pattern is not systematic: there are no similar word pairs, and we cannot form new English verbs by adding h- to a noun." In linguistics, morphology is the identification, analysis and description of the structure of morphemes and other units of meaning in a language such as words, affixes, parts of speech, intonation/stress, or implied context. (words in a lexicon are the subject matter of lexicology). Morphological typology

represents a way of classifying languages according to the ways by which morphemes are used in a language —from the analytic that use only isolated morphemes, through the agglutinative ("stuck-

According The Principles of Generative Morphology to Chomsky (1965:3-9). the principles or the assumptions underlying generative transformational grammar in general and generative morphology in particular can stated as follows : First. CHAPTER II DISCUSSION A. Chomsky distinguishes between competence and performance. Competence is the native speaker’s knowledge of his . generative transformational grammar is theory of competence. which compress lots of separate morphemes into single words.3 together") and fusional languages that use bound morphemes (affixes). Generative Morphology 1. up to the polysynthetic.

The theory of language should be formed to explain this intuition. Second. particularly his judgment on what sentence are grammatical and what sentences are ungrammatical and his judgment on the interrelationship of sentence. Furthermore. The native speaker has the capability of . language has creative innovative characteristic. but his intuition of his language. it is stated that linguistics is the study of competence. The creativity of language is meant the ability of the native speaker to generate new sentences. that is. because this theory attempts to find out the mental reality underlying real behavior. sentences that have no similarities with usual sentences. The real object of linguistic study is the homogeneous speech community in which all people use the same language and study that language properly. not from performance. while performance is the real language use by native speaker in real situations. Chomsky states that linguistic theory is metalistic. The linguistic data are not the utterance of the individual that must be studied.4 language. which means what sentences have the same meaning. Generative transformational grammar starts from competence. In this connection.

. sentence interpretation rules (semantic rules) and pronunciation rules (phonological rules). Chomsky (1972:103) atates that there is a number of questions that cause someone to study language. we will know the inherent features of human mind. Akmajian et.5 generating and understanding new sentences or he has the capability of making judgments of their grammaticality. By studying language in detail. Thus studying a language means studying a set of syntactic rules. human language in all levels in governed by rules. In other words. (1984:5-7) complete the basic assumtions of generative transformational grammar as follows : First. Al. we can achieve better understanding on how human mind produces and processes language. Fourth. and grammatical constructions. Every language that we know has syntactic rules governing pronunciation. The aims of the linguist who attempts to explain the creative aspect of grammatical competence are to formulate a set of sentence formation rules (syntactic rules). word formation. and phonological rules. generative transformational grammar is the set of rules that gives structural description to the sentence. language is the mirror of mind. Third. semantic rule.

the level of deep structure and the level of surface structure.6 What is meant by rules here are descriptive rule. From the point of view of surface structure. but a part of syntactic component. various human language from unified phenomena. Next. Second. The descriptive rules actually express the generalization and regularity of various aspects of language. Second. The linguist assume that it is possible to study human language in general and certain languages to express universal language features. morphology is not an autonomous component. namely. rules that describe real language of certain groups of speakers. morphology analysis is carried out in two levels. but from the point of view of deep structure. human languages are very different from each other. namely. the assumtions underlying generative morphology are stated as follows: First. generative morphology is an integral part of the syntactic component. we first trace the deep structure or underlying representation of morphological . those languages have universal features. In standard generative transformational grammar. Based on this assumption.

particularly generative transformational grammar.al (1976:18). Then we see the process that occur to that underlying representation in order to be able to determine its derived or surface structure. 2. so that he is able to generate and understand an infinite number of sentences. The ability to determine whether an utterance or expression belongs to the language concerned. The ability to generate and understand the infinite number of sentences. 3. competence covers the following abilities: 1. The ability to give meanings to utterance or expression belonging to a certain language. to refer to someone’s knowledge of his language. that is. the system of rules which he has mastered. According to Bechert et. 2. .7 construction. Competence and Performance Crystal (1980:73) states that competence is a term used in linguistics. and to recognize grammatical mistakes and ambiguities. Basic Concepts of Generative Morphology a.

The ability to determine the similarities of meaning of those utterances. 7. The ability to determine the level of derivation from those utterances. 5. Furthermore. b. The ability to determine the identities of the expression concerning their membership on one utterance. Crystal (1980:341) states that the surface structure of a sentence is the final stage in the syntactical representation of a sentence. 6. which prepare input to the . 9. Deep Structure and Surface Structure Crystal (1980:102) states that deep structure is a theoretical term central in generative transformational grammar.8 4. that is. Deep structure is an abstract syntactical representation of a sentence. The ability to give judgments concerning the formal similarities among various utterances. contrasted with surface structure. The ability to determine the different kinds of derivation. The ability to determine the variability of meaning of an utterance. 8. a basic level of structural organization explaining all factors that govern the way how sentences should be interpreted.

The representation by nouns. The Models of Generative Morphology and Their Organization There are two models of generative used in the word of linguistic. namely: a. Every morpheme is indicated as a sequence of phonological segments and it is put between labeled brackets.9 phonological component. verb and affixes for example: a) [home]N b) [discuss]v c) [-ty]Suf 2) Word formation rules . the basic unit of lexicon are morpheme. Halle’s Model and its organization Hale’s Model consist of four component : 1) List of morpheme According to Halle. 3. which is very in accord with the structure of sentence which we articulate or hear.

Example: (i) [STEM + I + ty]N [STEM + an]Adj (Ty)]N [STEM + al]N [be + STEM]N [ADJECTIVE + en]v [NOUN + ish]Adj (ii) [verb] + a] N [Adjective + (i) + The two kinds of word formulation rules above generate two kinds of derived words. as can be seen in the following example: (i) Srendip + i + ty Vac + ant Tot + al Be + lieve (ii) arrive + al obes + ity dark + en child + ish .10 There are two kinds of Word Formulation Rules namely. (1) Word Formulation Rules which apply to stems and form the linear sequence “ stem + one or more morpheme” with or without the internal structure. and (2) Word formulation rules which apply to words.

. (ii) the syntactic category of the output. (iii) the internal boundary in the output example: “+” and (iv) regular semantic information c) Word formation rules specify the semantic and syntactic features of the derived words that are not in accord with the features of the base. and have the following features: a) Word formulation Rules specify sequences in which morphemes must be arranged to form words of language. e) Word formation rules are more powerful than phonological rules. b) Word formulation rules specify (i) the syntactic category of the base. d) Word formation rules operate in the same way as derivational morphology and inflectional morphology. Example: noun.11 All word formulation rules perform a number of tasks. Verb. example: Noun. Verb).

that means that those formation cannot enter the dictionary. which the last component of this morphological model. 4) Dictionary The words that have gone the filter form the dictionary of a given language. The dictionary covers either regular formation that have not been modified by the filter by . Not all words can be derived by word formulation rules. 3) Filter The filter component is a mechanism tat handles the idiosyncrasies occurring in a language. syntactically. The filter functions to mark such formation wit the features [LI]. but not occur in surface structure. then they also function to analysis the existing words.12 f) Since word formulation rules that create new words. Word formulation rules can form words that are phonologically. and semantically.

based Hypothesis i) The bases of the word formulation rules are word ii) These words are the existing words. namely the list of morpheme. b. Thus possible but non existent iii) The word formulation rules can take single words as bases. word formulation rules.13 adding or deleting certain features. The problems are related to every subcomponent of this model. filter and dictionary. not more like phrases and less like bound morpheme . Arronof’s Model 1) Criticism on Halle’s Model Scalise (1984: 34) state that the researches carried out later shows a number of problems concerning generative morphology of Halle’s model. or idiosyncratic formation have been modified in certain ways by filter. 2) The component of Arronof’s Model a) Word.

Example : [W]x semantic of Y” The formulated : [read]v capable of being read” c) Readjustment rules According to Arronoff the readjustment rules are the rules that are limited to special morphemes and occur only in the environment of those special morphemes.14 iv) The input and output of the major the WFR must be the members of the major lexical categories. namely: i) Truncation rules The general form of truncation rule is as follows: [[root + A]x +B]v 1 2 3 [[read]v + able]A “ [[W]x + AF] y “ . And Arronoff divides into two part. b) Word formulation rules The word formulation rule is a specific mechanism that create new words in a language that lies wholly in lexicon.

4.15 1 Ø 3 ii) Allomorphy rules Allomorphy rules are the rules that add morphemes or formatives to the roots or bases when suffixes are added. Free morphemes . The formulated [[root]x + Suf]y 1 2 1+Formative 2 In which X represents a lexical category of the root and Y represent takes a morpheme of formative when a suffix I added to the underlying representation. The Analysis of Generative Morphology All identified morphemes are classified into two main groups. namely: a.

yesterday. one. like: 1) Class or content words: Nouns Verbs : fish. Adverb : here.16 Free morphemes are morphemes that can stand alone as word. tomorrow …… 2) Function words: Determiners (Det) ………. Free morphemes consist of class or content words. shirt. Intensifiers (Int) ………………. now. sea. too : be. is. go. some. drug. clean Adjective ………. does. Question words (QW) : who(m). rather. did. show. what. see. : the. many. do.... where. why. like …………… : handsome. am. a(n). come. beautiful. can. : very. my . cut. two. house. Auxiliaries (Aux) may ……. when. somewhat. there. king …………… : hit. are. how …. cleaver.. so.

Suffixes : -ion. en-. in-. -ate. for-. Can be further divided into: Prefixes: a-. either free morphemes or bound morphemes are listed in the list of morphemes by using labeled bracketing. namely: a. Example a) Free morphemes [decorate]v . -ize. mis-. re-. -fy. -er. -al …….. -ness. Bound morphemes Bound morphemes are morpheme that cannot stand alone. -able. -en. The Analysis of Generative Morphology of Halle’s Model 1) List of morphemes All morphemes. un-.17 b. -ment. …………. auto-. inter-. -ty. The analysis of generative morphology divided into two. dis-.

18 [active]adj [electric]adj b) Bound morphemes [-ion]suf [-ty]suf 2) Word formation After all morphemes are listed in the list of morphemes is to formulate a set of Word formation Rules (WFR). nouns. Word formation rules (WFR) Name Noun Formation Rules Verb Formation Rules Adjective Formation Rules Adverb Formation Rules Abbreviation (NFR) (VFR) (AdjFR) (AdvFR) In English. And tan every rule must be accompanied by its meaning or semantics. can be formed with the following rules: . for example.

The application of (NFR-1) and (NFR-2) generate the following underlying representations: *[#[decorate] + [-ion]#] *[#[educate] + [-ion]#] *[#[nominate] + [-ion]#] *[#[active] + [-ty]#] *[#[electric] + [-ty]#] All of the above underlying representations are ungrammatical or unacceptable. (NFR-2) [[X]adj + [-ty]suf]N Semantics: ‘the state of being X’ This rule state that some nouns in English can be formed by adding the suffix-ty to the base with the meaning ‘the state of being X’. so they cannot enter the dictionary. 3) Filter .ing.19 (NFR-1) [[X]v + [-ion]suf]N Semantics: ‘the act of X-ing This rule states that some English nouns can be formed by adding the suffix.ion to the base consisting of verbs with the meaning the act of X.

two assimilations and one syllable structure process.back /…# This rule state that the high vowel phoneme /i/ is inserted at the end of the base when the suffix –ty is added to te base. they must go through phonological processes. To be acceptable. . namely. … + [-ion] (PR-2) V + Syllabic Ø +high . The phonological rule for these three phonological processes can be formulated as follows: (PR-1) -sonorant +anterior +coronal C C -sonorant +high -anterior +strident _voice / …….20 The filter is the mechanism that can change unacceptable underlying representations into acceptable one.

b. In the dictionary. the steps must be taken is to list sets of words used as bases of Word Formation Rule (WFR) in the dictionary as the first of Aronoff’s Model. - All words have been formed through Word Formation Rule (WFR) and have gone through the filter are listed in the dictionary. The Analysis of Generative Morphology of Aronoff’s Model 1) Dictionary In the formation.21 (PR-3) C C C +consonantal + high +syllabic + back +high -voice back +continual -Delrel 4) Dictionary -anterior +coronal -voice +continuant +strident / …. all words are accompanied their meanings and their semantic feature.. Example : a) [active]Adj b) [decorate]v .

22 c) [educate]v d) [electric] Adj e) [examine]v f) [nominate]v 2) Word Formation Rule a) The Rule for the formation of English Noun with the suffix –ion (NFR-1) [X]v [[X]v + [-ion]suf ]N Semantics: ‘the act or result of X-ing’ b) The Rule for the formation of English Noun with the suffix –ty (NFR-2) [X] Adj [[X] Adj + [-ty]suf ]N Semantic: ‘the state of being X’ 3) Underlying Representation The application of (NFR-1) and (NFR-2) can generate the following underlying representations: (a) *[#[active /æktive/]Adj + [-ty]suf#]N .

and (f) are phonologically unacceptable. (c). The syllable structure process in which the high . The underlying representation (a). while the underlying representation (e) is morphologically and phonologically unacceptable. (d). The following underlying representation: *[#[active/æktive/]Adj + [-ty]suf#]N To be acceptable must go trough one phonologically process. (b).23 (b)*[#[decorate /dekеreit/]v + [-ion]suf#]N (c) *[#[educate/ejucate/]v + [-ion]suf#]N (d)*[#[electric/ilektrik/]Adj + [-ty]suf#]N (e) *[#[examine/igzæmin/]v + [-ion]suf#]N (f) *[#[nominate/nomineit/]v + [-ion] suf]N All is underlying representation are ungrammatical or unacceptable. 4) Phonological Rule The phonologically unacceptable underlying representations must go through certain phonological process.

24 vowel phoneme /i/ is inserted at the end of the base when the suffix –ty is added to it. 6) Surface Representation . The process of derivation can be described in the following: UR : *[#[active/æktive/]Adj + [-ty]suf#]N (PR-2) insertion of /i/ : [#[æktiv +i/] adj + [-ty]suf#]N Output : [activity/æktivity/] 5) Readjustment Rule The morphologically unacceptable underlying representation must go through the readjustment process. *[#[examine/igzæmin/]v + [-ion] suf#]N The rule for this readjustment process can be formulated as follows: (RR-1) *[[base]v + [-ion]suf]N 1 2 1+at 2 This rule states the formative –at is inserted at the end of the base when the suffix –ion is added to it.

The process of derivation can be described as follows: SR (PR-1) /t/ Output : *[#[/igzæmineit/]v + [-ion]suf#]N /š/: [#[/igzæmineiš/]v + [-ion] suf#]N : [examination/igzæmineišen/] . so it must go through a phonologically process. the following unacceptable surface representation can be generated: *[#[examine + at /igzæmineit/]v + [-ion]suf#]N Because this surface representation is phonologically unacceptable.25 By applying (RR-1).

Suggestion .26 CHAPTER III CONCLUSION & SUGGESTION A. called Word Formation Rule (WFR). Nerveless. Morphology is not an autonomous component. Hale’s model and Arronoff’s model. Conclusion Generative morphology is an integral part of the syntactic component. but a part of the syntactic component. there have been efforts of making morphological component as autonomous component. B. Beside that morphological analysis is carried out in two levels namely the level of deep structure and the level of surface structure. In generative morphology we know two model to analysis morphological manely.

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